TV in the 1960s and 1970s was bizarre and glorious. It was a fairly regular thing to have musical guest stars appear in front of a live studio audience to promote records, concerts, or just themselves. While it still happens from time to time today, it's usually something along the lines of Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee rather than Tennessee Ernie Ford on "I Love Lucy," where if I recall correctly (and feel free to correct me), he didn't even sing. Check out some classic musical sitcom performances after the jump, jumpers.
Apparently within the universe of What's Happening!! (correct punctuation there), Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers grew up in Watts, LA. (Did anyone go to their recent show at The Ryman? Was it awesome? I assume it was.)
"The Darlings" straight knock it out of the park on this episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Easily one of my favorite musical digressions in episodic television, even more so than the times The Beach Boys were on Full House.
I used to watch The Odd Couple when it was airing on Nick at Nite years ago, but I have zero memory of the this episode, which is a shame. Because I would really, really like to know the context of this episode. In any case, here's Roy Clark busting out some virtuoso sideburns and guitar playing for Felix and Oscar.
Tune in next week for more music on TV, Creamers, and feel free to leave some of your favorite examples in the comments.